I've been collecting quotes since I was 12 years old and have accumulated many of my favorites together in a database I built six years ago simply titled "Ashley's Book of Quotes".
This 'book' serves me and my friends well in times of trial and difficulties, but is also something I like to pull up and look over 'just because'. You never know when you're going to gaze across something that touches your heart just so. I've found this to be true every time I look through my quotes or look to add new quotes, as I was doing today.
I have every category of quote imaginable almost. Love quotes, heartbreak quotes, wisdom quotes, growing quotes, quotes for hard times, quotes for suffering, quotes for inspiration, women quotes, men quotes, work quotes, ideals and beliefs....you name it and I can probably pull a half-dozen quotes simply off the top of my head for just about any topic....let me open up my quote book and I can give you more.
Unless you ask me about a quote for kids.
Then I can probably only pull up 5-6 quotes. Period.
So, as a Mama, that obviously has to change. How can a subject so near and dear to my heart be so absent from something that I consider to characterize me so completely?
So that must be fixed.
And I found some wonderful quotes that I just wanted to share with the rest of you, too!
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.
Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music.
In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults.
Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it.
Not Your Average Dictionary
While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.
There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.
Frank A. Clark
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.
Joan Kerr, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, 1957
Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.
What children expect from grownups is not to be 'understood', but only to be loved, even though this love may be expressed clumsily or in sternness. Intimacy does not exist between generations - only trust.
What's done to children, they will do to society.
You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
John J. Plomp
If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. If you spend all your money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for charities, colleges, churches, synagogues, and civic causes, your children won't either. And if parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out.
Marian Wright Edelman